Our Chief Executive, Phil Sammons, is utilising International Men’s Day (IMD) this Thursday (19th November) to highlight the important work of the ‘Ballboys’ charity, who raise awareness of Testicular Cancer through sport.
Amongst the objectives of International Men’s Day, which is celebrated in over 60 countries of the world, is to celebrate the achievements of men and their contributions to community, family, marriage and childcare whilst highlighting possible discrimination against them.
The Ballboys mission, meanwhile, is to educate the population on the issues of Testicular Cancer by associating with ball sports as a primary medium of branding, and to provide access to resources, information and support to those concerned, or directly affected, by Testicular Cancer. Sammons believes football can play a crucial part in men’s health, commenting: “A large number of Ballboys’ target audience are involved with grassroots football.”
“We were proud to support this excellent charity with a financial donation earlier in the year and International Men’s Day presents us with another opportunity to remind people of the important work they undertake. We want to focus on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models.”
Ballboys have a number of high-profile players on board individually. Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea and Serbia) is their Patron, while Robert Koren (Melbourne City and ex-Hull City and Slovenia) and Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City and Serbia) are also supporters. November’s IMD is a significant date as it also runs alongside the popular ‘Movember’ event.
Men make sacrifices every day in their place of work, in their role as husbands and fathers, for their families, for their friends, for their communities and for their nation. IMD is an opportunity for people of goodwill everywhere to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.
A number of schools and colleges nationwide have been in touch with www.ukmensday.org.uk stating they are marking IMD, including Tendring Technology College in Frinton-on-Sea. They will give boys and girls the chance to celebrate the contribution men and boys make, to ensure boys feel freer and more comfortable to seek help and to make boys more confident about themselves and their futures.
Further information on International Men’s Day can be found at www.internationalmensday.com and www.ukmensday.org.uk. Meanwhile, Ballboys are building relationships with football clubs throughout the UK and internationally. If you’d like to find out more, or to become a friend of the organisation, visit www.ballboys.org.uk (which is currently under construction).
Read more at http://www.essexfa.com/news/2015/nov/international-mens-day#T7oxVYPZDlUdforx.99